Welcome to the Design Technology Department
At Key Stage 3 Design and Technology is divided into distinct subject areas:
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Design Technology
- Art and Design
These subjects are taught on a rotational system in order that all students experience the different subject areas at least once during Key Stage 3.
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Food Technology at Ashton Community Science College is about finding out and exploring different types of food in a fun and practical way. Different ingredients and processes will be experimented with to design and create dishes that combine influences from a variety of different sources.
Key Stage 3 Food Preparation and Nutrition
At Key Stage 3, students will cover many of the basic culinary skills associated with food production, whilst being encouraged to show awareness of health and safety issues. Simple design and make tasks will introduce students to the need to carry out market research in order to create dishes to meet public demand.
Students study food in 3 blocks.
- Students learn about health and safety in a food area in order to prepare for carrying out practical work. An investigation into the enzymic browning of apples leads into students making a fruit fusion. Students complete their cooker license enabling them to be confident and safe whilst using a cooker.
- Students learn about The Eat Well model of healthy eating, and begin the study of basic nutrition. A Ragu sauce is made following the analysis of the sugar content of commercial sauces.
- Students learn about issues concerning food provenance. A Chinese inspired stir fry is made following research and detailed planning.
Students study food in 3 blocks.
- Students learn about the various factors which affect our food choice. They make burgers using various pieces of equipment. A chicken ceaser salad is made following detailed analysis of the term cross contamination.
- Students learn through experimentation about the gelatinisation of starch and make a pasta bake. The nutritional value of the dish is analysed using a computer programme.
- Students learn about fermentation and bread making and make pizza.
Key Stage 4 Food Preparation and Nutrition
At Key Stage 4, students will have a greater insight into Food Nutrition and Preparation. Practical work will combine complex methods of food production with an appreciation of the need to present food aesthetically. The course offered is to GCSE level and it provides students’ with an understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients, and develops Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.
Key Stage 3 Design Technology
In Key Stage 3 students complete a number of short “design and Make” projects. The projects follow a design process that starts with a design problem. Students will analyse and research the problem before presenting their design ideas for solving the problem. Each project allows for a practical solution to be built in the workshop, where pupils can develop their skills using tools and equipment, to cut, shape, form, join, clean and finish materials. Each project is evaluated either during development or when it is finished before being finally assessed.
Key Stage 4 Design Technology
At key stage 4 students follow the WJEC GCSE - Design and Technology specification.
The course involves a 2 hour written exam which is 50% of the qualification, and a design and make task which is also 50% of the qualification.
The students will study 5 topic areas:
- Design and Technology and our world,
- Smart materials,
- Electronic systems and programmable components,
- Mechanical components and devices,
All these topics will be covered via mini projects.
The 6th topic can be chosen from:
- Electronic systems,
- Papers and Boards,
- Natural and Manufactured timber,
The Design and Make task is issued in the summer term when the students will be in year 10. The students will select a task for the list and they will have 35 hours to manufacture an outcome and to produce a portfolio of work.
Textiles at Ashton Community Science College is about exploring and developing different ideas using fabrics in imaginative and practical way. Different techniques and processes will be experimented with to design and create a range of products.
Key Stage 3 Textiles
At Key Stage 3 students will cover many of the basic practical skills, including using the sewing machine whilst being encouraged to show awareness of health and safety issues. Simple design and make tasks will introduce students to the need to carry out research in order to create products. In year 7 students will learn how to develop the skill of hand and machine applique whilst producing a gift for example a small cushion. In year 8 students will learn how to develop various textiles skills including printing and quilting resulting in a fashion piece to be exhibited at a Fashion show.
Key Stage 4 Textiles
At Key Stage 4 students will follow the AQA GCSE in Art Textiles. Students will be introduced to a variety of exciting experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes. They will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design. Responses to these examples will be shown through practical activities. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate. Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including fashion and costume, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles.